Jesus is love crucified. The wisdom of
God--like all seven of the gifts of the Holy Spirit--comes to us through the
pierced heart of the Lamb, love crucified. The wisdom of God appears in the
context of covenant: The bond of inseparable love between God and humanity. The
pierced heart of the Lamb is the wellspring of New Covenant Love. Each of the
seven mystical treasures of the Spirit is offered in the context of New
The Book of Wisdom says this
about the gift of wisdom:
"For to me she is an unfailing
treasure; those who gain this treasure win the friendship of God"
the connection between wisdom, treasure and friendship with God. St. Paul
speaks of Jesus as his prize and treasure: " I have accounted all else rubbish
so that Christ may be my wealth" (Phil. 3:8; NAB, 1970 trans.) The
realities of both the Incarnation and the Redemption are directed towards God's
desire to restore humanity to his friendship:
"United to Christ, man participates
in divine wisdom and sees himself introduced into the intimacy of God" (Dictionary
ofBiblical Theology, p. 659).
that to be "united to Christ" means to be united to love crucified. Discovering
the treasure of Eternal wisdom gives one the life, the energy of the Holy
Spirit, and the desire to begin to put to death within oneself earthly aspects,
and to seek and desire the cross: "The sharing of his sufferings by being conformed
to his death" (Phil. 3:10).
In The Book of Sirach we read,
"A new friend is like new wine" (Sir. 9:10). When the "new wine" of the
Holy Spirit enters into a soul, one begins the journey towards a true
friendship with God. One begins to both desire God at a whole new level of the
heart, and the things that are of God--his word, his holiness, his gifts, etc..
In The Book of Wisdom we read about wisdom: "And Passing into holy
souls from age to age, she produces friends of God and prophets"
(Wis. 7:27). On the day of Pentecost, the Apostles and others were filled with
the Holy Spirit, and they began to experience intimacy with the Father and
Jesus at a whole new level. In the power of the Spirit, Peter began to proclaim
boldly the prophetic word of God. Holy souls are humble and obedient souls, and
the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God (see Acts 5:32). Jesus equates
Godly friendship with obedience to his words: "You are my friends if you
do what I command you" (John 15:14).
The world has been redeemed by the
obedience of the Lamb of God to the Father's will. Jesus invites us both into
his friendship and into his intimacy with the Father by inviting us into a
dyingto self--a death to all that
militates against authentic intimacy with God. Hence, as St. John of the Cross
"The soul that longs for divine wisdom
chooses first, and in truth, to enter the thicket of the cross" ("From a
spiritual Canticle by Saint John of the Cross, priest"; cited in LH, vol. I,p.
who seek the "greater love" of divine intimacy and the gift of eternal wisdom,
there is only one road one may travel: The road of self empying, sacrificial
love:"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's
The gift of wisdom "pulls back the
veil" in two ways. First, it gives one an intimate knowledge of God: "The
Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him" (Eph. 1:17); and secondly, the gift of
wisdom gives one a knowledge of God's will: "You may be filled with the knowledge
of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Col. 1:9).
Jesus equates Godly friendship with the revelation of the Father's will: "I
have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard
from my Father" (John 15:15).
Once an intercessor has the wisdom of
knowing God's will about how to pray for another person or into a situation,
one can pray with bold confidence. In Luke 11:1-14, Jesus teaches his disciples
about prayer. In Luke 11:5-8, he tell the story of a man who knocks on the door
of a friend at midnight looking for food to offer a guest. Intercessors desire
that those whom they pray for are fed by God's Love, word and wisdom. In
prayer, God wants us to approach the "door of his heart" as a friend with confident
boldness, knowing his will--knowing and knocking--praying with
persistence: "Suppose one of you has a friend..." (Luke 11:5).
would I describe my friendship with God at this current time?
aspects of my life still need to be further put to death?